Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 16 Apr 2016
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes demolished the World Superbike field to take pole position for the fourth round of the 2016 season at the iconic TT Circuit Assen.
The 2013 World Champion cruised to his third pole of the season and 31st in his career to deny Sylvain Guintoli the top spot. The Frenchman will start from the middle of the front row for the second successive round on the PATA Yamaha.
Superpole was the first time riders took to the track in dry conditions after a sodden Friday and damp Saturday morning.
Ducati’s Davide Giugliano completes the front row, fending off championship leader Jonathan Rea who heads up row two ahead of local man Michael van der Mark and winner last time out Chaz Davies.
Markus Reiterberger qualified seventh after fighting through from Q1 ahead of Xavi Fores and his BMW team-mate Jordi Torres.
Nicky Hayden rounds out the top ten ahead of Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori and Alex Lowes who fell in the late stages of SP2.
Race 1 gets underway at 12pm UK time.
Assen World Superbike - Qualifying